Before we get into any conversation regarding hair coloring, it is of utmost importance to understand our natural hair. The intensity of semi-permanent hair color on our hair depends on the 'Hair color level' category that our hair falls into. But what exactly is this Hair Color Level and how is one to determine it? How does one figure out what Hair color level they're at or want to be? Well, it's time to level up. Let's try to understand the basics of what hair color levels stand for.

The Hair Color Level system is a universal system used by colorists, hairdressers, and hair color manufacturers to create standardized hair charts. It refers to how light or dark one's hair color is – the lower the number, the darker the hair. Hair Level chart makes it easier to refer to regardless of what hair color shades are called or described as. Hence, it is necessary to know what hair color level one has and what they require to get the best results out of hair coloring. For example, unprocessed hair tends to be denser and less absorbent to the hair color and might only reflect a light tint of the color applied. It might also fade out sooner. Lighter shades of hair pick up colors more efficiently and give more vibrant results.

Instead of going through the strenuous process of describing your hair's base color, you could mention the hair color level and take a breather!

Hair color level chart

Here's a simple description of the different levels:

Levels 1-4

These levels are the darkest of regular hair tones. A level 1 is a dark black, with no brown tones to it. Semi-permanent hair colors commonly won't show on level 1 hair by any stretch of the imagination, as the base is excessively dim for any shade to be noticeable. From that level, the hair will slowly get lighter as they level up, with level 2 being the darkest brown, 3 and 4 being darker to medium brown tones. Level 4 or so is typically the darkest base feasible for color change without pre-lightening. Rubra Red, Carola Pink will be your go-to shades on a dark base like this.

Levels 5-7

These levels are of the lightest brown to the medium blonde range. The majority of our deeper and highly pigmented colors will take well to hair at levels 6 and 7. Other splendid, highly pigmented colors like Comrii Purple, Raggiana Orange should deposit admirably on base tones in this reach.

Level 8

This level is the perfect light blonde range acting as the best base to see most of our colors turn out dynamically. Most Paradyes colors will turn out precisely and vividly on a level 8 base. Colors like Mayeri Green, Superba Aqua and Crinkle Violet will turn out best beginning from this level coupled with all the colors mentioned for lower levels.

Level 9

Not exactly platinum yet an exceptionally light blonde, a level 9 will take pretty much any semi-permanent color that turns out on a level 8. For black Indian hair to reach this level, we recommend bleaching twice. Rudolphi Blue and Saxony Yellow shows the best results with this high hair level. Blue-based shades can add up with the yellow color effectively in your hair to show up unwanted hues. When this occurs, you can tone your hair before-hand with hotter colors like Crinkle Violet to balance this impact.

Level 10

This degree of hair is a light platinum blonde, with almost no blonde/yellow tones; anyway, as you get into the white blonde scope of this level, you can do pretty much any color on the planet! You may see colors turn out lighter and more brilliant, or your particular color's undertones may show through more.
It is also essential to be realistic about how much your natural hair can handle. Especially for first-timers or those who plan to go from a darker natural shade to a lighter level – patience is key! Hair coloring is fun but also requires planning. You wouldn't want to end up damaging your hair, and why should one compromise with the health of their hair anyway. Take it easy and space out your hair lightening sessions and let the hair color do its magic!